Making Spice Rub Chicken

Category Poultry
Dry rubs are a great way to add flavor to grilled or baked chicken. Here are some recipes to prepare chicken with homemade spice rubs.


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As you all know, marinating chicken in a ziplock bag are my go to meals! Here is another recipe featuring spice rub chicken! Super easy to make and in return you will have flavorful and juicy grilled chicken.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3-5 minutes per side until ready & have grill marks

Yield: 4 people


  • 2.5 lb chicken thighs
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  1. Measure all spices (onion/garlic powder, paprika, salt, cayenne pepper, ground pepper, dry mustard) and olive oil into a large ziplock bag.
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  3. Squeeze half a lime into bag. Shake to combine ingredients.
  4. Add your choice of chicken (I used chicken thighs).
  5. Evenly rub a coat of marinade on chicken.
  6. Ready to grill for 3-5 minutes per side or until chicken is fully cooked with grilled marks. Enjoy!
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  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
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  • 4 Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. celery salt
  • 4 to 6 pieces boneless chicken thighs or breast halves
  • Barbecue sauce (for dipping)


Pour all the spices into a sandwich-size sealable plastic bag. Shake well. This mix can be stored at room temperature in the sealed bag for months, and it makes enough rub to cover approximately 5 1/2 pounds of chicken.

To prepare your chicken, place a piece of chicken and 2 tablespoons of the rub (for a milder flavor, use less rub) in a gallon-size sealable bag. Give the bag a shake to cover the piece with the powder. Repeat, adding chicken and rub and shaking until all the chicken is in the bag and uniformly covered. (For a more intense flavor, refrigerate the bag of chicken for up to 1 hour before grilling.)


Grill the chicken over medium heat, on a covered grill, about 5 to 7 minutes per side or until the meat is no longer pink on the inside. Arrange the pieces neatly on a dinner plate and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Let sit for at least 10 minutes (very important!). Serve with barbecue dipping sauce. Serves 4 to 6.


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January 23, 2010

I bought a jar of Emeril's Chicken Rub at Sam's Club some time ago. Now they don't carry it. Does anyone know of a store in SC that sells this? It is a wonderful rub to put on grilled chicken and I am fast running out of my supply. Any help will be appreciated.


By Linda from Greenwood, SC


January 26, 20100 found this helpful
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I got this recipe off of the Foodnetwork website. It is Emeril's recipe:

Poultry Rub:
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground thyme
1/8 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1 (3 to 3 1/2-pound) chicken, giblets and neck removed, rinsed and patted dry
2 teaspoons olive oil
Chicken stock, or water
Steamed long-grain white rice, accompaniment
Steamed assorted vegetables, accompaniment
Poultry Rub:
In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful
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You can get it online at either of these two links. The first link is a six pack of 3.7 oz containers and the second link is for one 18 oz container. Depending on the shipping costs the second link might be your best bet:

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